Federal Housing Administration

FHA World Florida - Federal Housing Administration

To be eligible for an FHA fixed rate mortgage loan in FL, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income (31% ratio). Your credit background will be fairly considered. At least a 600 FICO credit score is sometimes required to obtain an FHA approval. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt (43% ratio). These ratios can be exceeded somewhat with compensating factors.

FHA require the home buyer to invest at least 3.5% of the sales price in cash for the down payment and closing costs. If the sales price is $100,000 for example, the home buyer must invest at least $3,500. However, the home buyer can use gifts from family, funds from local, state or government agencies, or other sources for the down payment.

FHA refinance allows up to 97.50% loan-to-value. New FHA Policy changes 600 FICO score to refinance in Florida. Cash out refinance up to 85% loan-to-value.

Minimum Credit Score of 580

FHA World Florida - FHA Mortgage Requirement

Generally, a borrower who has made timely payments for the last 12 months serves as a guide and demonstrates their willingness to repay future credit obligations. New FHA Policy changes require minimum FICO score to be 580 for 85% loan-to-value. These FICO requirements went into effect in the spring 2010. However, most individual lenders will still require credit scores higher than 640.

A perfect credit score is not needed for an FHA loan approval. In fact, even if you have had credit problems, such as a bankruptcy, it's easier for you to qualify for an FHA loan than a for a conventional loan. Scores down to 500 are accepted if there are compensating factors that offset the credit risk.



Federal Housing Administration


2019 FHA Credit Score needed to buy
a condo or refinance


FHA loan requirements new borrowers with less than a 580 credit score will be required to put down at least 10%

FHA requires a minimum credit score of 500 to buy a home or refinance


Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy at least two years must have elapsed since the discharge date


Foreclosure

Foreclosure must have been resolved for at least 3 years

Government loan: Seasoning is determined by the date the claim was paid

Loans other than Government: Seasoning is determined by the date of sale the lender sold the property


Short Sale

FHA guidelines requires three year past from the date of sale of the property


What documentation will I need?

  • Personal tax returns for the past 2 years
  • Current pay stubs for the past month
  • Bank statements for last 2 months (all pages)
  • Clear copy of Driver’s License (front and back)
  • Clear copy of SS card (front and back)

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